E-CHANNEL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM
E-Channel immigration system is being implemented in all the emirates of UAE. What makes E-Channel immigration from the current immigration system is that both business and individuals can apply for visas, residence permits and entry permits through single online portal, instead of visiting typing centre or immigration office. The new system removes remove the need for hard copy documents and aims to ensure that all applications are processed more efficiently
Upon registration on the E-Channel portal, individuals and businesses can apply for their visas, or entry permits (residence, visit and tourist) – and for those of employees or relatives. The whole process, including payment can be carried out online and where applicable permits can be printed at home.
The registration fee may vary depending on the emirate but the cost is approximately of AED 7,500 with a refundable deposit of AED 5,000. Registration must be renewed annually at a cost of around AED 1,000.
HOW TO REGISTER IN THE E-CHANNEL PORTAL
The online E-Channel immigration portal has been designed to be incredibly easy to use.
If your company in incorporated in a free zone, In order to login to the E-Channel, free zone details has to be used. You must register your E- Channel portal via free zone appointed agent or authorized typing centers.
Otherwise, to get started, visit the E-Channel website and select either individual or establishment services.
Upon clicking the ‘Registration’ button. You will be asked to input your email address – instructions on how to set up your account will be sent here. Once you have received your confirmation message from the Ministry of Interior (MOI), simply select the ‘Complete Registration’ link to continue creating your profile.
Once set up on the E-Channel immigration system portal, you can start using online services right away.
BENEFITS OF THE E-CHANNEL SYSTEM
By the end of 2018, the E-Channel system is expected to have reduced the need for in-person visits to government centers by up to 80%.
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